How to Choose the Ideal Top to Workout

Find out what’s the best model for your breast type

Make your favourite sport with the wrong tennis and see what happens. The same goes when you risk practicing your preferred mode with a wrong top. And believe me, most women are making mistakes in their choice. A survey made in the USA with specialists in physical activity and fitness pointed out that the women sin when purchasing tops that exaggerate the breasts, but whose pectoral bands (that surrounding the base of the breasts and backs) are loose.

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Sport Life has talked to some of the beasts in this matter so that you leave the store with the top ideal for your body according to your sport. Know what you should be attentive to:

Tailor-made support

Compression is not the same as support and here comes one of the main errors at the time of purchase. The top needs to sustain the breasts and not crush them. The support is provided by three items: the bulge, the pectoral sash and the straps. “The breasts need to be firm and very well sustained, but comfortable within the bustier,” explains Karina Hatano, sports physician of the Brazilian swimming team. According to the specialist, the tops whose handles make an “X” on the back are the ones that support the breasts most.

Ask seller if the model of your preference is lightweight, medium or high support. Each of them lends itself to a type of physical activity and has to do with the degree of impact it generates. Studies have shown that the pain in the breasts felt by women during the practice of a sport is proportionate to the intensity of the exercise.

Lightweight: For activities such as Pilates, yoga or hiking.

Average: For modes such as bike and tennis.

High: For sports like racing and basketball (in which the odds of one find another player are high).

In the right measure

In Brazil, it is very difficult to find a top with the American measures, which take into consideration both the bulge (breast size) when the pectoral belt (chest size). The top can’t be too tight, flattening your breasts, not too wide. Check out some tips on how to know if it has a good size for you:

  1. The pectoral belt must be parallel to the ground and cannot be tightened to the extent to irritate the skin. “Intense friction prevents heat from dissipating from the region, can hurt the skin, especially in stitches and wet tissue in contact with sweat,” Karina alert.
  2. The straps must be comfortable on the shoulders and may not be too thin, with the risk that they injure your shoulder. On the contrary: the wider, the more protection. If you have to squeeze them in the stem, it’s pretty likely that top is big. A good tip is to put two fingers under the strap and pass them underneath it from the front to the back. If you can do that, the size is fine.
  1. If part of your breasts exit through the sides of the top, it certainly is too small. Now, if he wrinkles, it’s almost certain he’s too big.

For each size, a type

There are three types of top, each of them more suited to a breast size:

  1. Compression

They’re the ones you wear on your head and don’t have closure on the back. They’re the most common. The idea is that they press their breasts against the breast, reducing their movements to the maximum. They are the most indicated for those who have small breasts in medium.

  1. Encapsulation

They are the ones that present a clipping at the base of the breast, which act as if they were encapsulating the breasts individually instead of squeezing the two together against the breast. Many of them have a clasp behind. They’re ideal for those who have big breasts.

  1. A mixture of the two

They encapsulate and bring the breasts to the chest. They’re good for the middle-to-big-sized ones. “Until recently, it was thought that compression were the best, but studies showed that all types also protect them, reducing the breast movement downwards and upward,” says Joanna Scurr, specialist in the breast biomechanics of Portsmouth University ( United Kingdom.

The tissue

Choose materials with technologies that accelerate the drying of the tissue and facilitate perspiration. Wet in sweat, the tissue can irritate your skin. Avoid the made of cotton, which absorb the sweat, especially if you’re yours enough. But remember: all these tips are only worth if you also feel comfortable wearing the top. Therefore, avoid purchasing them on the Internet. Go to a store and try several. The same goes for the bra according to Healthinclude.

Your breasts in the race

Your breasts don’t move just down and up as you engage the pasts, but on the sides too, in a movement reminiscent of the number eight lying down. The tricky thing is that recent studies made by a group at the University of Portsmouth (UK) have shown that without proper protection, the balance of the breasts has changed the past, because the center of equilibrium of the body tends to “follow” that movement.

In short, the landing of the foot is heavier when the breasts do not have the proper protection and that impact will end up on the inside of the foot. “Our studies are still preliminary, but the evidence suggests that, in the long run, it can lead to the fall of performance and injuries,” says to sport Life Jenny White, a specialist in sports biomechanics of the University of Portsmouth. According to Joanna Scurr, a good top is able to decrease the balance of the breasts at approximately 53%, reducing, inclusive, the pain, main complaint of women when running. The movement of the breast during the race can affect the Cooper ligaments, fibrous structures that bind the breast to the skin, resulting in pain or a greater risk of getting the breasts more “fallen” (in case of these ligaments rupture).

Notice how the top is on you

Nicola Brown, a researcher at the School of Health of the Sport and applied Sciences of St. Mary University in the United Kingdom, helped conduct a study with 1 285 women in physical activity. “We saw that 90% of the participants wear top, and almost all claimed at some time of chest pain because of the choice of inappropriate size,” he reports. Even having more numbering options there in Europe, the women misses because they don’t try the top! “It is very important to know the size of the thorax, the volume of the breasts and the distance from the shoulders and nipples not to err on the top,” guides Karina Hatano.

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